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Force Protection

IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) kill more soldiers in modern warfare than any other weapon system.

Not only can they strike troops on ground patrols and in road convoys, they are also used to kill and injure thousands of civilians. The rising number of attacks by these powerful homemade bombs is increasingly evident.

The threat of RCIEDs has evolved exponentially over recent years. The ad-hoc production of these devices often makes them the weapon of choice for terrorists and insurgents seeking to disrupt, injure or kill on a large scale.

As the intensity and technology used in such attacks develops, so too must the counter measures used to defeat them. Optimum Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) along with advanced jamming methods is required to defeat the threat, maximise resources and stay one step ahead of the enemy, shifting the balance of power whilst increasing the security and agility of patrolling and front line troops.

The proliferation via the internet of build instructions, often using commercial components with legitimate uses, has resulted in the mass-production and use of RCIEDs.

As the threat continues to grow, it becomes increasingly difficult to predict just how these devices will evolve. The ability to adapt quickly, utilising software defined architectures to produce effective counter measures in response to these emerging threats, is vital in the continuing fight against terrorism and insurgency.